The brand spanking new year is the perfect time to set some goals for the next 365 days, whether you want to improve your fitness, work on your wellbeing, indulge in some ‘me’ time, or pick up a new skill.
From award-winning gyms, energising fitness classes and relaxing beauty treatments to inspiring courses, healthy eating and more – start 2019 with a fresh outlook on life with SoGlos’s Gloucestershire New Year, New You guide.
Venue: The Isbourne
The perfect chance to: Clear the mind of post-Christmas stress and learn lifelong skills and practises too.
The lowdown: The Isbourne offers a sanctuary for wellbeing and spiritual development in the heart of Cheltenham. The centre’s educational programme spans an extensive array of courses, workshops and guest speaker talks that are specifically designed to promote health and fitness for the mind, body and soul. With communication, healing, self-development and spirituality all featuring in its diverse range of regular courses and events, you will leave feeling revitalised, refreshed and ready to take on 2019. Plus, the centre also offers a range of accredited courses for both holistic practitioners and those who want to learn more about alternative therapies.
What’s on offer: The eclectic range of courses include a variety of types of yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, creative writing workshops, meditation, Egyptian belly dance, aromatherapy, and more, with something to suit all ages and interests.
SoGlos loves: Get a feel for what the centre has to offer at its free Open Day on Saturday 19 January 2019, with workshops, taster sessions, family activities and food.
The perfect chance to: Banish January blues and give your body and mind a fresh start in 2019 by taking up yoga or Pilates.
The lowdown: Cheltenham Pilates and Yoga has over 100 classes a week, offering plenty of opportunity to practice your poses at its relaxing and welcoming spaces. Founded in 2009, the yoga classes take place at its Rodney Road studio, while the Pilates and Barre studio is located at Sherborne Place.
What’s on offer: Whether you’re a complete beginner, seasoned yogi, or Pilates pro, the studios welcome students of all levels and provide all equipment needed. The yoga classes, available on a drop-in basis, span Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Power, Gentle Restorative, and also include pre- and post-natal sessions, and dedicated teen classes. During the Pilates sessions, which need to be pre-booked, you’ll learn how to move better and breathe well, with the choice of classes including Mat and Reformer Pilates, while there are also toning Barre sessions to sample.
SoGlos loves: Dip your toe into the world of yoga by taking advantage of its 30 days of unlimited classes for £30, enabling you to sample a range of different styles and teachers to find out which works best for you.
Venue: Travel Counsellors
The perfect chance to: Get your 2019 off to a flying start by booking a holiday to remember.
The lowdown: Whether you want a relaxing break, an adventurous holiday of a lifetime or the chance to pick up a new skill while experiencing a new culture, Travel Counsellors can help you plan a truly memorable getaway. Travel Counsellors’ Cheltenham specialist, Penny Harrington, has more than 30 years’ experience of planning clients’ unforgettable breaks, both to far-flung destinations and closer to home.
What’s on offer: Penny can help with every aspect of your travel plans, from advice on destinations and hotels, to booking flights and creating bespoke itineraries, leaving you with the peace of mind to look forward to a stress-free holiday. Penny, whose ethos is ‘travel is good for the soul’, says popular destinations for 2019 will include Croatia, Iceland, South Africa and Venice.
SoGlos loves: Meaningful travel will definitely be a trend for 2019 as holidaymakers look to pick up a new skill, get fit, volunteer or enjoy genuine cultural experiences while travelling abroad. So, whether you fancy a cooking holiday in Italy, a yoga retreat in the Caribbean, or doing charity work in Sri Lanka, Penny can help.
Wednesday 02 January 2019
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